Ashley Klinger & Co. sat down with our newest addition: food, lifestyle, and travel photographer Sidney Bensimon, to ask her about her background, where she finds her inspiration, and her dream project!
AK&Co.: Can you tell me a little bit about where you’re from and your background?
SB: Yes, I was born in Paris, France and grew up there until the age of 14. My family and I then briefly moved to NYC for a year, to then settle in Atlanta, GA for all my schooling years. My mom is French and my dad is French-Moroccan from Casa. I lived in LA after school for 5 years to then settle in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I am building a house in Mid-coast Maine and planning on sharing my time between Maine and NYC whenever I can.
AK&Co.: What first drew you to photography?
SB: My dad wanted to be a photographer, so I grew up with cameras and being photographed by him. He is a hairdresser and worked in the fashion world while we lived in Paris, so I was surrounded with that industry. My mom loves painting- needless to say both my parents have a creative mind and that was a very big part of my education growing up. I had a polaroid camera growing up and found it intriguing.
AK&Co.: When did you realize it could go from just being an interest to a career?
SB: When I went to grad school at the Portfolio Center in Georgia, I vividly remember my first photography class. I stepped out of the classroom and went straight to the director’s office telling him I wanted to change all my classes for the quarter to photography. I started crying. I knew then that there was nothing else I wanted to do. Photography is my passion, my life, and there is nothing else I would rather struggle for, and learn to master for the rest of my life.
AK&Co.: What do you do to have fun and unwind, now that your hobby is your job?
SB: I sail with the sailing collective and cook on boats a couple of times a year. In the winter I like making ceramics. I practice yoga and meditations every day.
SB: I really like the variety, it keeps me on my toes and I never get bored that way. It doesn’t matter the subject, my job is to create or observe light on objects, and the emotion that comes with it and capture it. It can be a face, a sandwich, a pair of shoes or a bustling market in a small town… my work remains the same.
AK&Co.: How do you maintain your unique style throughout your work, regardless of the subject diversity?
SB: I just keep on putting in the work and stay as authentic to myself as possible.
AK&Co.: Where did your interest in food photography come from?
SB: I have always loved cookbooks and cooking, especially baking. Shooting food was a natural progression for me.
AK&Co.: You’ve worked every job on a shoot – from photographer to PA to styling - how has that influenced your career?
SB: It makes me grateful for each position and if something goes wrong, as a director, I know how to step in and create what is lacking if needed. Hopefully that doesn’t happen though!
AK&Co.: Do you have any dream projects or clients?
SB: Yes! Of course. I always say that if I shoot for Roxy on a beach Maui I’m going to tell myself: I made it :)
I thrive on being immersed in a culture that is not mine, see how other people live, what is important to them, what they eat for breakfast, what there rituals are. Shooting a travel story that highlights these characteristics would be amazing. I do this myself every year, but shooting it for a client would be awesome. I am really into motion right now, so telling a story with motion and stills would be a dream! Also I love what Goop mag is doing, so goop, call me ;)
AK&Co.: Your travel photos give the impression that you’ve been everywhere! Is there anywhere specifically that’s on your wish list, either for work or just for fun and experience?
SB: I minored in Japanese and it’s one of my favorite food groups so I would love to go to there ….also New Zealand, Tasmania, Montana, British Columbia, Sri Lanka, Oaxaca, Nepal, Rome, Berlin … too much?
AK&Co.: Not at all! From where do you draw your inspiration?
SB: 80 percent of my inspiration comes from nature, 20 percent comes from other photo work. I am building a house in Maine, I love going to the marinas and just stare at the sailboats and the ocean and be still. Then I’m like … I want to shoot this! And go there, and do that!
AK&Co.: What other photo work has inspired you?
SB: People inspire me, here is a list: Henri Cartier Bresson, Paolo Roversi, Nan golden, Stephen Shore, Irving Penn, Godart, Marylin Monroe, Naomi Watts, Wendy Polish, and Anandamayi Ma.
AK&Co.: Is there any piece of advice you’d give an aspiring photographer?
SB: Yes, if photography and telling stories is your way of communicating: Never give up! Forget about ‘making it’, practice, practice, practice, nature will support you, it’s inevitable.
We're so excited to welcome Sidney to the Ashley Klinger & Co. team! She's already beloved by some amazing clients like Stella Artois, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and Martha Stewart - now we can't wait to share her with all of you!
British magazine Shortlist picked the perfect photographer to shoot the reimagined BLT! David Sykes is never one to shy away from the creative side of still life and food photography, and this is no exception. Each unique sandwich looks tastier than the next, thanks to David's punchy lighting and relationship with color, and we're ready to try them all!
To see more of David's food photography, click here.
David Sykes, on his most recent personal project:
"While I was prepping and researching this project I realised how expensive the individual food Items I was shooting had become. On researching this further I was surprised to see food prices had risen by 4% last year alone. This project not only represents an arresting visual representation of the food in our basket but also acts as a physical time capsule, freezing the Jan 2018 price of each food item as a future point of reference."
Click here to see more of David's conceptual still life work.
We love when our artists work together! Photographer Debi Treloar and prop stylist Hans Blomquist teamed up for the Anthropologie House + Home Spring 2018 catalog (including the cover!), and the results are dreamy. Hans' styling is perfect for Anthropologie - beautiful, chic, and aspirational. Debi's lighting style is both ethereal and natural, like the perfect spring morning.
Marcus Nilsson shot the cover of the March 2018 issue of Family Circle, plus a fun breakfast feature! Global breakfasts, originating from Southeast Asia, Australia, Germany, Russia and Israel, inspire creative ideas to spice up your boring morning routine. The pops of color and Marcus' signature punchy lighting make this feature extra fun - the most important meal of the day just became the most anticipated!
Food + Wine called on Marcus Nilsson to photograph the colorful aisles of beloved Korean supermarket chain H Mart in Yonkers, NY for a recent feature. Deuki Hong, San Francisco chef and collaborator on H-Mart's new food court, joined the party to share some of his favorite recipes and Korean ingredient picks. The market's bright packaging and trendy vibe was a perfect match with Marcus’ punchy style.
You can find more of Marcus' editorial work here.
Debi Treloar teamed up with DFS UK to shoot some beautiful lifestyle interiors! The spaces look especially inviting with their soft textiles, natural light, and the talent's authentic energy. Debi's sense of light is always apparent and effortless, but it's a true delight to see her genuine connection with people through her lifestyle work.
Marcus Nilsson had the amazing opportunity to travel to Barbados for Travel + Leisure - where summer is endless. With a perfect combination of breathtaking landscapes, expressive portraits, and mouthwatering food, Marcus' work is travel photography at its best. With the turn of a page, we're immediately transported to 80 degreee weather, cold beer in hand, casually keeping our eyes peeled in hopes of a Rihanna sighting.
You can find more of Marcus' travel photography here!
Soup's on! Ryan Liebe teamed up with Hannaford Market's magazine "Fresh" to shoot their cover story about the best way to warm up your winter - soups, stews, and chowders. With careful propping and a warm, natural light, Ryan captures the uniqueness of each dish expertly.
Debi Treloar teamed up with Ashley Klinger & Co. stylist Hans Blomquist and H&M to create the perfect vacation spot, without ever walking out your front door. We love when our artists work together, especially when they do it as seamlessly as Debi and Hans. Hans' eye for detail and Debi's ethereal lighting and selective focus deliver the perfect mood for an at-home getaway.
Google, Bon Appetit, and Marcus Nilsson all teamed up for a really fun advertising campaign! Shot entirely on the Google Pixel 2, Marcus proved yet again that he can work outside the box with nothing but success. The campaign involves potraits and creative food photography, featuring three different online influencer chefs.
Click here to see more of Marcus' advertising work!
The January/February 2018 cover of Eating Well is all about self-improvement and following your resolutions. Ryan Liebe shot some delicious chicken and collard green spring rolls for the occasion- a helpful recipe in a feature about ending unnecessary food waste. Let's start 2018 off right!
Marcus Nilsson photographed a romantic Valentine's Day dinner feature for the most recent issue of Family Circle! The story provides helpful tips and recipes for two so you can avoid the hassle of restaurant reservations while still celebrating with your significant other- and, after seeing Marcus' mouth-watering photos, we are fully sold on this alternative set of plans.
You can find more of Marcus' food photography here!
H&M Home's holiday campaign is elegant and enchanting, thanks in large part to Mikkel Vang and his stunning photography. Sets lit with twinkling string lights and candles give everything a magical look, and the rich colors of the products enhance the holiday atmosphere.
You can find more of Mikkel's advertising work here!
Amy Postle's new advertising for Lego is getting us into the holiday spirit! The cozy atmosphere, warm lighting, and pure joy on the children's faces perfectly captures the excitement of unwrapping gifts, surrounded by family and love. Amy's use of natural light from the candles and holiday lights bring a level of beautiful realism that feels less like an ad and more like capturing a moment in an innocent time.
Mikkel Vang photographed fashion designer Keren Craig's upstate New York retreat for the Winter 2017 issue of Domino magazine and it looks like the ultimate getaway! She decorated her reimagined farmhouse with pops of color that really stand out under Mikkel's bright, natural light. Coupled with the cozy textiles in each room, we're ready to move in ourselves!
Food Network Magazine's December issue is full of helpful tips for making the most out of your holiday season. Ryan Liebe photographs cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and side dishes to mix and match for the perfect holiday feast and the results are fun and delicious!
Mikkel Vang shot a cozy food feature for the December 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast! Colorado, known for its spectacular winter scenery, has become a culinary hub, and Mikkel shot some local chef’s favorite dishes from their menus. The results are mouth-watering, and the rustic feast makes us long for the mountains.
Marcus Nilsson teamed up with KFC UK to photograph their holiday campaign, and the results are festive and delicious! His signature light puts a unique spin on the classic holiday advertisement. Shot to feel like a real gathering amongst friends, these new ads are really getting us in the holiday spirit!
You can find more of Marcus' advertising work here.
We're so excited to announce that Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer Mikkel Vang has joined instagram! It's always fun to get a peek behind the curtain of the photographer's process, and Mikkel has already delivered. Between sharing new work and what goes on behind the scenes, we can't wait to see what he posts next!
Check out Mikkel's instagram here!
The Big Thanksgiving issue of Food Network magazine is all about getting ready for the upcoming holiday, and Ryan Liebe photographed the best part - dessert! He shot six classic pies, each with a unique twist, created by six different Food Network stars, and the results are mouth-watering.
Check out more of Ryan's food photography here!
Ahoy, mateys! Lucy Schaeffer got to shoot this playful opener in the most recent issue of FamilyFun magazine, for a feature about creative toys currently on the market. The photo looks just as fun as the toys themselves, and we're grateful for the holiday gift ideas!
FamilyFun's November issue celebrates Dia de los Muertos and features some great ways to commemorate with the youngest members of the family. Ryan Liebe shot a combination of stills and kids, illustrating the crafts and games recommended by blogger Elba Valverde with some bright pops of color and cheerful lighting. Don't forget to check out his fun gifs from the shoot on the FamilyFun and Ashley Klinger & Co instagrams!
We had such a great time at LeBook CONNECTIONS in Chicago this past September! Now that a recap of the event has officially been posted, we thought we'd let some of our favorite reviews speak for themselves:
"I was very impressed with the caliber of artists and companies represented at the show. Truly the best of the best!"
-Reid Thompson, NESTLE PURINA, Group Creative Director
"Work! More work! More amazing work! Put together thoughtfully and considerately to get the most of all the artists. I'm exhausted---in a good way!"
-Megan Evans, OGILVY & MATHER, Creative Director
"Such an inspiring room full of creatives and the people who love and appreciate them. I want to come back soon!"
-Angie Vicencio, LANE BRYANT, Art Director
"I will be forever thankful for the genuine connections I made today. A word to describe the event would be authentic. Exhibitors didn't feel like they were selling--they were listening. In a world that seems to shout at you everyday, it's nice to have the right people listen."
-Eric Sawitoski, AON, Senior Director & Global Creative Director
"This year’s CONNECTIONS was a really great production. I was delighted by the sights and sounds of creativity. The sustained energy level of communicating with the top level agents in the country and previewing global work keeps me coming back."
-Christine Oliver, LEO BURNETT, Sr. Production Coordinator
Marcus Nilsson was the perfect choice to photograph the "Art of the Dinner Party" editorial for New York Times Magazine about the elegance and revelry of the perfect dinner party. He captures the exact feeling at the end of the evening with his unique lighting- the wine has been flowing, the cheese plate has been devoured, each guest has shared the best story they have and the host can relax after a job well done.
Travel + Leisure (and apparently half of Hollywood's indie actresses) have deemed upstate New York as the place to be for a fall get-away. Marcus Nilsson set out on a beautiful autumn weekend to photograph exactly what all the fuss is about- capturing the food, interiors, lifestyle, and portraits of the people who make the Hudson Valley so special.
Click here to see more of Marcus' work.
We're closing out this week with a look into what our photographers have been up to on Instagram!
This is James Merrell’s second shoot with Kate Spade! Between the bright light, the pops of color and patterns, and his use of the space, James captures the essence of the Kate Spade brand perfectly. James himself told us a bit about the process behind the scenes:
"The Kate Spade commission was a very interesting project as it combined quite a specific brief with a relative degree of creative freedom. The design team had prepared a fairly resolved set of mood boards for us to look at, then we provided our point of view to expand and enhance their vision. Along with the rest of the creative team we mulled over the references and set to work creating the right set of circumstances for the pictures to be realised.
Finding the right location was a crucial part of the process, as it firstly had to fit the look, but also accommodate all the furniture, props and crew. We also had to keep light in mind, as this was to be an available light only project (as is most of our work). Once the right location had been found for scale, look and light we then decided to paint it to provide a suitable looking space for our imaginary girl to live in.
On the shoot day, the art director, stylist and myself set about finding angles, dressing the set and placing the Kate Spade product to best advantage, trying to create a natural look but with a bit of a twist. The shooting days themselves went extremely smoothly thanks to a great deal of preparation by the production team - we were after a casual feel to the pictures as though one had just popped round to a friends place - it's always interesting to see how many people it takes to make it look as though nothing really happened."
You can find James' other work with Kate Spade here!
Debi Treloar, the newest photographer on the Ashley Klinger & Co. roster, worked with Bloomingdale's on their Home September 2017 catalog, and even nabbed the cover! Designed with rich colors and plush textures, the spaces are the epitome of luxe living. The simple lines, decadent materials, and soft lighting bring everything together to remind us of how luxurious our dream homes can be. We're so glad to have her on our team!
Elle Decor sent Mikkel Vang to the historic Upper West Side apartment building, the Apthorp, for their November 2017 issue! He had the pleasure of capturing the classic aesthetic of the newly renovated apartment of conductor and composer Jonathan Sheffer, transformed by designer Robert Couturier. The space hearkens back to the time of artists and intellectuals hobnobbing at the same elegant cocktail parties, when the famous building housed the likes of Lena Horne, Nora Ephron, and Joseph Heller; Mikkel's softly lit interiors coupled with the contrasty black and white portrait captures that vibe perfectly.
Marcus Nilsson travelled across the globe, between LA and Thailand, to shoot for the much-anticipated NIGHT + MARKET cookbook! NIGHT + MARKET is a popular Los Angeles restaurant, frequented by celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Questlove, and Daft Punk, that specializes in delicious and authentic Thai street food. Run by the 33-year-old Kris Yenbamroong, the unofficial mission statement of the restaurant (and partial book title) is "We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends." Marcus' fun and unique imagery, mixing bright colors with contrast lighting and the perfect balance of food, still life and portraiture, brings that statement to life in this spectacular cookbook. The book is available for purchase here!
Marcus Nilsson recently shot an ad campaign for KFC's return of the iconic item, The Double Down. The Double Down replaces the usual bun with two pieces of original recipe chicken, and Marcus' photography showcases it in its most delicious light!
Ashley Klinger & Co. sat down with our newest addition, interiors photographer Debi Treloar, to ask her about her background, inspiration, and the most unique place she's ever shot!
AK&Co.: To start, could you tell me a little bit about where you’re from?
Debi Treloar: I am from Zimbabwe orginally, and I studied art and photography in South Africa, but I have been living and working in London since I was 20-ish.
AK&Co.: What drew you to interiors specifically when you decided to pursue a career in photography?
DT: I am very nosy and was really interested in the way people live. I love knowing what people eat for breakfast... where they buy their sofa and how they came to choose the colours they live with... I am not sure why... I think I am just curious. Working in Interiors photography is a treat for me. It ticks lots of boxes.
AK&Co.: Out of all of the locations you’ve photographed, which has been your favorite?
DT: Ah, there have been many. The people who live in the houses are normally what make them amazing. The Bailey's house in Hereford is amazing. They have a shop called Baileys Home and Garden, which is next to their house and is mind blowing. I have photographed their house so many times but every time it's different; they are a truly inspiring couple with an incredible sense of style and taste. They have the philosophy to make something out of nothing so it's unique- it's simple and complex at the same time.
AK&Co.: And the strangest?
DT: I am not sure I should mention that! The most unusual is the stylist Ann Shores house in Shoreditch, London. It was a shack in central London... a large white washed painted wooden shed... a wonderful world of collections. Texture, plants and beauty. I think it's the place I would most have liked to live in.
AK&Co.: When it comes to interior design, what are your must-haves?
DT: A sense of not taking it all too seriously- after all we are just on this planet for a short time. I don't think I have specifics but I do like things that are well designed with great functionality. My sofa makes me happy because it's comfy, can fit 5 people on and it looks good, but it's not a must have. Great appliances become must haves to me because they can help so much in daily life. A vitamix to me is a must have and an electric blanket :)
AK&Co.: What would you say your personal design aesthetic is?
DT: Ohh... I am not predictable... some days I like stark and simple, and others eclectic and boho. My home is a mixture of both. I like workwear with a touch of something special. I think I mostly like beautiful things, that are well thought out and that are real in a space with good light.
AK&Co.: Does that influence your work at all?
DT: Yes, definitely. I like my pictures to feel easy to look at and be alive with light and mood. Even in the most simple picture, I like to feel where the light is coming from. I am not good at flat and bland.
AK&Co.: You also shoot lifestyle, exteriors, food, and portraits. How do the processes differ?
DT: I started out doing fashion and beauty and used to shoot a lot more food and people, but I find the interiors more challenging. I do still do some people, food, etc. but for me it's always about the light and the connection to what you are photographing, what ever it is.
AK&Co.: Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?
DT: If it's what you really want to do and you have some talent, keep trying and don't give up. Learn the technical stuff backwards and then try to forget about it so you concentrate just on what's in front of you. Above all, have fun and enjoy it- it's the most amazing way to earn a living.
AK&Co.: What is something you’d like people to know about yourself and your work?
DT: I love life and try to live it in an all-encompassing way with thought and consideration and try to follow this through in my work and everything I do.
You can find more of Debi's photography here!
Mikkel Vang and Hans Blomquist teamed up for the Bloomingdale's Home catalog, and the results are a prime example of modern glamour. Inspired by chic pop-up Chalets all over Europe, Hans' styling is the perfect combination of romantic and minimalist, while Mikkel's soft lighting makes one feel like they're cozying up by the fireplace, cappuccino in hand, while a blizzard rages just outside on the French Alps.
Lucy Schaeffer teamed up with Klutz by Scholastic for this cute shoot! We're loving the poppy colors of the Klutz Stitch & Style Pouches, and their harkening back to the days of kids getting creative and working with their hands. They put the fun in functional!
Two Ashley Klinger & Co. artists, one beautiful catalog! Mikkel Vang traveled to three locations in the greater Los Angeles area to capture the perfect combination of light and airy spaces, fun patterns and sophisticated classics. As both the prop stylist and Art Director for these shoots, Hans Blomquist was the mastermind from start to finish, coming up with concepts and moodboards, then mixing colors, textures and various accents to make each space look unique and cohesive. We love to see our artists team up and make great work- and this catalog's tranquil mixture of contemporary, classic and quirky is a prime example of just that!